The Tides Institute & Museum of Art’s (TIMA) annual architect talk will be given by architect Bruce Norelius (http://noreliusstudio.com/) at TIMA’s 1828 Seaman’s Church building on Thursday, August 17, at 7 pm. A reception will follow the talk at the nearby historic 1807 Hayden House, 17 Boynton Street. Bruce Norelius has practiced architecture for nearly thirty years, with an enduring focus on the places where we live. The first two decades of his career were mostly spent in Maine, and while for the past ten years he has been primarily based in Los Angeles, he consciously and enthusiastically maintains an even mix of projects on both coasts. His work is stylistically diverse and resists rigid categorization, but is strongly based on an exploration of the rich and primal significance we each assign to the concept of “home”. In 2014, he published a set of essays titled “Where it Begins”, which investigated how memory shapes the foundation of his work. Integral to his practice is a meticulous design process emphasizing personal, meaningful collaboration with clients.
His talk is titled “Representation vs. Abstraction in Art and Architecture: The Boundary Dissolves” In it, he’ll discuss past and current work and the inspiration and thought process that informs it. Bruce sees his practice as one that often begins from a position of contrasts, opposites, and boundaries, and thrives on their reconciliation and unification during the design process. He’ll discuss the influence of at least two sets of these opposing forces in his projects: First, what it means to work in the two extreme corners of the country—Los Angeles and Maine—in two different architectural and cultural worlds. And second, how abstraction and representation in art—two different ways of seeing the world—influence and inspire his architectural design
Photo caption: Maine residence designed by Bruce Norelius.